Our Bathroom Renovation | Mid-Way Update

This post has been long overdue since we finished phase one of our bathroom renovation in August already. It simultaneously feels like yesterday and months ago! You can see what our initial plans were here and because I don’t want to underwhelm you, below is what it looked like before.

I’m so happy to finally share what it looks like now. It isn’t 100% functional yet since we don’t have a shower door, entry door or vanity yet. With any luck, we’ll have at least a few of those ticked off our list by the end of this year.

This phase of the renovation saw the new window being installed, tiling, the walls being plastered and the installation of our new bath, tapware and toilet. I’ve taken many happy baths in this room and can’t wait to one day enjoy a shower here – especially during the cold winter months.

As I mentioned, we still need to install a custom glass shower door. This will take a big chunk of money, so we’ve delayed it as we have a functioning shower two doors down from our bedroom. We also finally have a better idea of what we want the vanity to look like, but since we’ll be DIY’ing it and have been a little time poor, this project will have to still wait a while. Currently we have our old dresser filling the space.

We’ll also be installing double doors leading into the bath – another DIY. Since this is technically a single entrance, we’ll take a solid wood door and halve it. This will take up less space in our main bedroom and is just visually more pleasing.

Other things we didn’t plan on doing, but have now added to the list includes adding a shelf below the window to replace the side table. Despite adding the frosted glass at the bottom of the window for some privacy, we’re also considering some sort of window treatment to add more privacy and some softness to the room. We haven’t really decided on that yet as we don’t want to take away from the view.

We’ve really enjoyed our on-suite bathroom not just for the convenience but also because it allows so much more light into our bedroom. Initially I was very skeptical about keeping the arch, but since it would have eaten up a large chunk of our reno budget to get it removed I had to make it work. I’m so happy to report that the end result turned out so much better than imagined and I hardly notice the arch any more.

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Christmas Decor: Home for the Holidays

I’ve shared my love of Christmas and particularly decorating my home for the holiday before, but it bears repeating. There is something so magical about winding down the year, getting to spend extra time with all your loved ones and generally just celebrating love and my religion.

This plus I’m just a massive magpie and struggle to say no to anything that sparkles! I’ve shared what our Christmas decor used to look like in our previous house, both in 2016 and 2015. The following two years didn’t look very different since I we just used the same things time and again. I’m very sad that I don’t have a record of last year though, as it was our first year celebrating in our new home. So this year I had to make up for it!

I haven’t purchased much decor this year. Last year I invested in a few decor pieces that we’ll hopefully be able to use for the foreseeable future. So this year I just added a few accents from Mr Price Home to the colourful tree.

I know that you might not be able to celebrate this holiday with everyone you usually would, but that doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be special and treated as such. I hope you all have a very merry and safe Christmas with your loved ones – whether over Zoom or in person.

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Shopping Small This Festive Season

Small businesses need our support now more than ever and with Christmas right around the corner, now is the best time to make sure you place an order. Whether you’re splurging on yourself or just want to make someone else feel special, there should be something to suit your taste or budget.

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My Favourite Online Lighting Sources

Speaking with friends and family throughout our renovation, some who are also homeowners and undertaking their own renovation, we’ve picked up that lighting can be a source of mayor reno nightmares. My husband and I have had our own struggles trying to find something that not only fits both our tastes, but is also reasonably priced. Add to that all the extra requirements like good quality, from a trustworthy source (there are some convincing looking dodgy websites selling all my dream lights) that uses bulbs that are readily available and you might as well ask for chocolate that isn’t fattening.

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Our Bathroom Renovation | Before & Renovation Plan

Pic of Athena Calderone’s bathroom

I’ve previously shared some details on phase one of our house renovation and while we haven’t completely finished these rooms, we’ve decided we’re ready to tackle phase two. This phase will see most of the outsourced work that has to be done inside our house completed. Unfortunately right after we committed, coronavirus and lockdown struck. As lockdown has started easing, the workers are returning. So we’ll finally get our master bathroom plumbed and tiled.

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The Simplest Berry Smoothie Recipe

I love mixing it up on a weekend and switching my regular cereal breakfast out for something more indulgent. This smoothie feels almost as indulgent as french toast, but it is slightly healthier (sugars – I know!) and the best part is that you can make it from things you likely already have either in the fridge or freezer. This makes it a great way to get in your five now that we are all trying to go the shops less frequently. The handheld blender I received as a housewarming gift last year has also revolutionized my smoothie game – leaving me with much less dishes to do.

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Tips for Working From Home (Temporarily)

Much like the rest of the world, I was sent to start working from home at the end of March. With no inclination of how long this would last and very short notice, my home work set-up is far from ideal. I’ve had to make do with what we have and I have an idea many of you are in the same situation. I hope my tips will be helpful if you also find yourself unable to get your hands on anything non-essential or you don’t want a permanent solution for a temporary problem.

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Home Trend: Fun Pouffes

I have to recognise that there is so much sadness and worry in the world right now, but blog posts have been a great source of distraction from all the terrifying news for me. So I hope mine can do the same for you!

One of the best home trends I’ve seen this year has been all the fun pouffes. From scalloped edges to channel tufting and interesting textures, there is no excuse to settle for a boring pouffe. I’ve compiled a few of my favourite styles below. Things like tassles, interesting textures and fun shapes will help introduce a touch of whimsy to any room.

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Valentine’s Day Cookies Recipe

Looking for a fun activity this Valentine’s Day? Cookie decorating has become my go-to destressing holiday activity. My mother and I made some for Christmas and this time around I invited my bestie to decorate some hearts. They may not be winning any awards for looks, but we sure had fun decorating them. Plus if you can part with some of your better designs, they’ll make a cute gift too.

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